Looks like Liam Neeson has rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way, after he made some very controversial comments about the ‘Me Too’ movement and sexual harassment.
While on Ireland’s The Late Late Show, the actor described the ‘Me Too’ movement as “a bit of a witch hunt”…
“There are some famous people being suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee, or something, and then they’ve been dropped from their programme,” he began.
He then went on to reference Dustin Hoffman and the string of sexual assault allegations made against him over the past few months…
“When you’re doing a play and you’re with your family, the other actors, you do silly things and it becomes superstitious, you think if you don’t do it, it’s going to jinx the show,” he said.
“Apparently he touched a woman’s breast, but it’s all childhood stuff, what he was doing.”
As you can imagine, referring to Dustin Hoffman’s behaviour – which also included allegedly exposing himself to a minor – as “childhood stuff” and labelling other sexual assault allegations as “a witch hunt” hasn’t gone down well on social media…
“Hi here’s Liam Neeson saying it’s fine to grab a woman’s breasts if it’s part of a pre-show superstition”
“Woody Allen is still making movies, Dustin Hoffman is still making movies, Harvey Weinstein isn’t in jail, James Franco just won a critics choice award.
What’s a witch hunt is women who lost their jobs, opportunities, housing, and lives for not letting a man cop a feel.”
“Liam Neeson on the #LateLate suggesting that Hoffman might simply rub a co-star’s breasts in superstition before a performance.
A grope for good luck as it were. ‘Childhood stuff’.
Yeah, if there’s a line to be drawn Liam, I don’t it’s there.”
“Liam Neeson: witch hunt is a term for false accusations against the vulnerable by the powerful, so it’s not an accurate description of holding privileged men in power accountable for their actions.
A witch hunt never ends. We just want men to stop abusing their power.”
“Dear Liam Neeson, until you’ve been in the position of feeling completely vulnerable over the fear of being groped, shut up. What a disappointed he turned out to be. #MeToo #LateLateShow”